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Summation, SGInnovate’s longest-running talent programme, connects top global talent with compelling Deep Tech projects. Participants delve into niche technical roles in areas such as AI, Biotechnology, Cleantechnology, Quantum Computing, and Robotics.

Under the guidance of technical mentors, participants gain hands-on experience in exclusive projects, cultivating in-demand Deep Tech skills. This immersive approach allows talent to contribute to cutting-edge technologies directly, fostering the growth of Singapore's vibrant Deep Tech landscape.

This FAQ is for Singapore citizens and permanent residents. For international students and foreign students studying overseas, please refer to the FAQ for "Summation Programme- For Foreign Talent".


 Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents 
  1. Full-time tertiary students or postgraduates from an Institute of Higher Learning (IHL); or 

  1. Fresh graduates who have not graduated for more than a year from an IHL; or 


Showcasing relevant skills and knowledge related to applicant’s choice of project would be ideal. Applicants are encouraged to include relevant course participation, awards and competition.

  • Academic courses in IHLs 
  • Online courses (e.g. Coursera, Udemy) 
  • Projects (e.g. Github, Stackoverflow) 
  • Working experience (e.g. past internships, part-time, freelance) 
  • Awards and competitions (e.g. Hackathons, Datathons) 

Summation programme is open all year round, applicants are encouraged to apply at least 3 months prior to their intended commencement date.

Summation offers projects in Deep Tech areas, such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, IoT, Robotics, Quantum, Biotechnology and more. You can check out the complete project list here.

No, projects may differ in scope and duration. You can check out the complete project list here.

The minimum commitment period for Summation is 3 months, to a maximum of 6 months. A combination of full-time and part-time arrangements is possible, subject to SGInnovate’s approval.


The total package amount varies based on your education level:  

Education Level 

Monthly Total (SGD) 

Undergraduate or graduate^ 


Master’s student or graduate^ 


PhD’s student or graduate^ 


^ Note: Only applicants who graduated within 12 months are eligible to apply 


The system only allows an applicant to edit his/her submission during the draft stage. Once the application form is successfully submitted, edits are no longer allowed.  

Alternatively, applicants can choose to re-submit another application form.

Start dates are flexible and should be agreed upon between the organisation and the Talent prior to signing the agreement. 

Applicants will need to check with their schools on such arrangement. SGInnovate will not be responsible for liaising with the IHLs regarding such arrangements.   

Applications will be evaluated against the respective criteria of the projects they have identified in their preference selections. 

Programming-related projects will typically require proficiency in at least one programming language. Apart from technical skills, relevant knowledge and/or experience related to the project will also be considered. You can check out the complete list of projects and the specific eligibility criteria here

The shortlisting phase comprises two stages:  

Stage 1: Technical & Cognitive Assessments 

There will be several assessments that you will take based on the projects you are shortlisted for. Applicants who select non-coding related projects will not be required to take the technical assessment. 


Stage 2: Interviews 

Shortlisted applicants who successfully passed the technical assessments will be invited to attend interview sessions with the organisations. Organisations will reach out to relevant applicants directly for interview arrangements. The organisations you applied to may administer additional technical assessments during this phase. If the organisation decides to proceed with the applicant, there will be a final round of interview with SGInnovate before any final offers are made.  

Please refer to the timeline on our website under Summation.

Applicants can check the progress of their application via the Deep Tech Central platform where they submitted the application. 

Successful applicants will sign a 3-way contract between you, SGInnovate and the organisation before starting the programme. Start dates will be agreed upon between the applicant and organisation prior to the signing of contract. 

The monthly stipend will be paid out fully by the organisation along with the organisation’s monthly payroll.  

No, the Summation Programme is CPF exempted.  

Talent are required to complete feedback forms, training logs, attend planned training workshops and participate in event(s) related to the programme.  

Talent will receive a certificate of participation upon completion. Any additional arrangements beyond the specified program duration, such as part-time employment, will be coordinated directly between the participants and the organisation. SGInnovate will not be facilitating or intervening in such agreements.

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